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Ethnic Folklore in Your Classroom
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Each year, the Smithsonian holds a Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., that focuses on a different culture or set of cultures. This issue provides step-by-step instructions for helping students put on their own festival. These steps require students to gather information for the festival through interviewing, to organize the data, and to present the material both orally and in writing. Supplemental pages include cultural information about beans, including a recipe and a special game of tag. There is also a piece on the work of folklorists.

Note: This is an archival publication dating back to 1984 and any supplements or suggestions for off-site education may not be available.

Download "Art to Zoo: Ethnic Folklore in Your Classroom: Traditions, Tales, and Treasures from Tijuana to Timbuktu" (PDF).

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Art to Zoo is produced by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies. Teachers may duplicate the materials for educational purposes.

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